When white Evangelicals and fundamentalists show picture books to their children depicting Adam and Eve and all the early humans (such as Noah) as white, it is no different from Afrocentrists teaching their kids that all great Egyptians were black, and that Egyptians gave the Greeks their intellectual and cultural innovations. In both cases, children are being taught racially motivated and ahistorical nonsense. Our earliest human ancestors looked like the San Bushmen of southwest Africa, and may have even used a click language like the San people do now. These are facts (as the New York Times last year so thoroughly surveyed). The evidence is simply overwhelming that the ancestors of all modern humans living today came from either the southeast or southwest part of Africa, and were most closely related to the San people of southwest Africa (who are still living there today).
Put differently: “Adam and Eve”—or the first modern human ancestors of all living people today—whatever name you give them—were black and not white. Period. To deny this in the 21st century, and to teach something otherwise to your children, is not just a gross distortion of history, but racist.
Below is an image of a white Adam and Eve, in Mesopotamia’s Garden of Eden, from a children’s book. Mesopotamia, needless to say, is not even on the African continent, and is thousands of miles northeast of southwest Africa (the home of the San Bushmen):
And here’s a nineteenth century racist depiction of a white Noah (the father supposedly of all humans after the Great Flood) and his apparently all white family. (It makes you wonder where the artist supposed that black, brown, and Asian people came from):
And here is how Adam and Eve are depicted to people visiting the young earth Creation Museum in Kentucky: